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October 30, 2008

The Ottobar's gig request form

Landing a gig at a local club isn't always easy. Sometimes you have to know the owner, or one of the more popular bands that plays there. Or maybe you email the club or snail mail them your press kit.

It can be a confusing and really frustrating process. That's why I really like what The Ottobar (2549 N. Howard St.) is doing ...

 

They put a Gig Request Form on their web site. Bands can fill in the form with their hometown, genre, MySpace site, contact, etc. and the folks at the venue will consider them for a show.

Sounds like a great idea. I wish other clubs around town were doing this.

The only thing that made me scratch my head about the form was "Average age of band members." Hmm. Does that reflect the band's appeal? It's coolness factor? I mean, there are aging rock bands around town whose average age has to be 40s or 50s. Does that make them less gig-worthy?


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:54 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Local music
        

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The phrase "This form is for band consideration, not for show booking" is interesting to me. I think it differentiates betweens bands that are blindly chasing them for gigs, and those that have a chance of getting them. My guess would be that this form is to reduce the amount of unprofessional "hey, check my band out" spam they get. Those with plans for a lineup and marketing and dates in mind will still go to the head of the class.

Slightly off topic (and I apologize in advance), but my friends' band, Whale Show, is playing there tonight. Check it out if you're free. Show starts at 10:30. They play Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash type of music. You can listen to a few of their tracks here

Editor's Note: I'm going to start cracking down on solicitations. Midnight Sun is not a corkboard for gig announcements, events, etc. However, I have met Uncle Dave Huber, who is a member of Whale Show, and I like him. So I'll let this one slide. Also, I don't like writing in italics at the bottom of comments. But they left me no choice.

I saw that about the age once when I was checking out that form another time, however, I thought it was perhaps for the opposite reason you're thinking. I thought they may be trying to eliminate young'uns...reducing the amount of high school cover bands. I wonder if any shows have been put together using bands that submitted the form yet.

fletchers uses the same type of form:
http://www.fletchersbar.com/index.cfm?page=playfletchers

I'd guess the age thing has to do with the night and time the band would possibly play. Ottobar has a bunch of all ages shows and they usually begin at 6 or 7 PM rather than the 18 or 21+ shows that usually go on at 9 or 10.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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